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Old 02-02-2005, 08:52 PM   #15
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If you were uncomfortable on I-80 into Laramie you will definately be uncomfortable on Sylvan Pass. But again - it is traversed by thousands each summer who seem to make it just fine. Sounds like you have enough respect for the road to take your time and be safe, so I think you will manage just fine. It is worth it.

You could also take 287 out of Moran Juction over Togwotee and into Dubois (pronounced the American way, not French). Very beautiful, not as daunting. If you take this route - once you hit Riverton go north to Shoshoni - you have to stop at the drug store on the East edge of town that has the "Best Milk Shakes in the World" and I tend to agree with them. You could spend the night in Thermopolis - nice campgrounds and Hot springs. Then either head to Cody or go over the Bighorns.

Lots of fun planning...I am enjoying myself just thinking about it - may have to make a trip up there my self soon...
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Old 02-06-2005, 10:32 PM   #16
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How to reserve a spot?

Rookie Question here.
We have never been to Yellowstone and reading this thread makes me wanna quit my job and head north.
Anyhow realistically, I want to get info on how to reserve a spot to camp out. After looking it up on Google,it seems that the NPS reservation site is only for Cabins, hotels, and the like nothing for the camper like myself.
Is there a website or a phone where I can reserve a spot?
Is it anything like Yosemite?
Looking for Labor Day weekend.
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Old 02-06-2005, 11:13 PM   #17
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Hildalgo,

You can call Xanterra Lodges for campground reservations in Yellowstone at 307-344-7311
They can set you up. Fishing Bridge is the only RV park with full hookups. Its tight, and not too pretty. Grant Village on the shores of the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake is very pretty. Madison Campground 14 miles into the the park from West Yellowstone (WEST GATE TOWN) is also verrrry nice. Mammoth is ok, too. The road between Tower/Roosevelt over Dunraven Pass to Canyon Village is closed for reconstruction the last we heard from friends who still work in the Park as I did for 15 years.
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Old 02-07-2005, 07:07 AM   #18
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The REAL jewel of the area is the Grand Teton National Park. Much, much more scenic and more game. It also has better facilities. Stay at the Coulter Bay campground or at Flagg Ranch (full connections). Tour Yellowstone without the trailer. Yellowstone is interesting. There ARE beautiful areas, but the breathtaking beauty is in the Tetons.
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Old 02-07-2005, 12:50 PM   #19
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Thanks.

I like the suggestion Co Bus and GS, now how to go about reserving a spot in The Tetons Nat'l Park?
I am looking to book asap to make out our calendar.
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Hidalgo, in the Tetons, check out Jenny Lake Campground: in an absolutely knockout location, just at the foot of some of the largest peaks and by the lovely Jenny Lake. My memory is that most of these campgrounds in the parks are "first come, first site" so you have to be in line at the entry EARLY in the am-probably before 9 am to get a site, as early birds are leaving. Check about this, but it's located in a gorgeous place. When day tripping, stop in and see Jenny Lake Lodge. We have stayed there and it was a great experience; JLL is one of the well known lodges in the US. Whilel there, take the ferry across Jenny Lake to hike to a beautiful waterfall. The more hearty will hike around the lake, hike up to the falls, hike back around the lake, but we took the ferry! Sounds like a great trip you are planning
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Old 02-07-2005, 10:24 PM   #21
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I'll hunt out the information and try and post it tommorrow. Any of the sites in the Tetons are just out of this world from a scenic perspective. I gave you the Coulter Bay and Flagg Ranch locations because they each have full hookups and can accomodate rigs of about any length including the larger motorhomes. The only drawbacks are that the sites are fairly close together, but they work. All of Coulter Bay's full service sites are pull through. Additionally, at Coulter Bay there is a variety of things to do on and around the lake from boat excursions, to bus tours, to an on site museum, to numerous eating places serving a variety of fares, fuel, groceries, etc.
I'm fairly certain you can make reservations at Coulter Bay, but I'll check and get back to you.

Access of the Tetons through either Jackson from the south or Dubois from the east, southeast is easy with a trailer. Both are uniquely scenic drives. There is no construction in the Tetons and none is scheduled. By staying there, you can access Yellowstone unimpeded by your trailer and better deal with the continuous construction of one or more of its access roads. Last fall, one route was completely closed and three more involved long delays and VERY rough spots here and there throughout the park. More construction is scheduled for this year.

I'm sure you already have your dates set, but if you could push your visit back into late August/ early September or later, the crowds aren't in the parks and it is a much more natural and enjoyable experience.
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Old 02-08-2005, 04:22 PM   #22
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seeing wild game in fishing bridge

Just a suggestion but last fall, Labor day weekend we camped at Fishing Bridge, we saw a wolf and a bear cub with its mother. My hint, get up really early or late eveving, dusk and dawn. There was so much wildlife out at this time, it was a great experience!
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Old 02-09-2005, 04:18 PM   #23
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We have thought of dropping off the trailer, like at Colter Bay, then driving into Yellowstone but it would take quite awhile and we would need to stay at a lodge etc., and couldn't drive back every night to Colter Bay, correct? It really sounds easier than trying to figure out where to go and the driving etc to get to Fishing Bridge.

We were actually trying to come in via. Rt. 80 and leave Rt. 90 though, but could leave Rt. 80 E, and track up to Rt. 90 to hit Rapid City. I will have to check on routes and time etc.

I appreciate all of the help and will be watching for more info. If we would come from Rt. 80 (from East) do you suggest 287 or 191?
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When we stayed at Flag Ranch, between Tetons and Yellowstone, we did drive back and forth, day tripping and returning at night to our campsite. That suited us because we were touring both parks as well as outlying areas and FR is really central to it all. If you plan your day trips carefully, you really don't get much backtracking. As said above, FR is not a stellar place re: sites; however, when we have stayed there (twice), we had tall pine tree shade,some separation from neighboring units, and felt that the campground was clean and welcoming. FR has a great fairly new large and very nice dining lodge with a small store, and a typically western park style gift shop. This took care of any campground needs or a quick breakfast before a day trip or an easy prepared-by-someone-else (!) supper after a long full day of tripping. After one day of tripping, we came back to the lodge to pick up supplies to find everyone excited. A black bear had visited the lodge during the day, trapping everyone inside for a couple of hours, and trapping others in the parking lot in their cars. They told of the bear standing up, peering in the big front windows of the lodge, looking (I guess) at all the people looking back at him. The bear was later taken by the forest service to a remote area of the park-too friendly for the visiting folks I'd stay there again because of all the advantages cited above.
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Hidalgo, We have stayed several places in the Teton area. Grand Teton Park Rv Resort 1-800-563-6469. Spectacular veiws!!!
Xanterra can make a reservation at Colter Bay trailer village on the shores of Jackson Lake. The Virginian RV Resort 1-800-321 6982 in Jackson, there U can walk to town!!
The KOA in Cody, Wyoming is nice as well. 1-800-562-8507. Stay away from the Teton Village KOA, the "help", especially Ora Mae, is very unfriendly when it comes to high-end RV's. After 2 different years, we had had enough.
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We usuaully go to Yellowstone from Denver.::I-80 to Rock Springs, north out of Rock
Springs, thru Pinedale to Jackson, then north out of Jackson to south gate of Yellowstone. Travel 22 miles to Grant Village to West Thumb turn right, go 24 miles to the Fishing Bridge trun off and a couple of miles east to The RV Park.
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When you take 80 etc., then come in the south gate of Yellowstone, how are the roads from Pinedale up thru to the south gate - then over to Fishing Bridge? Are there alot of switchbacks or anything like that where you wouldn't want to pull a 31'?

I will look into Flagg Ranch, that sounds good also.
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RT 191 out of Rock Springs has small "midwest type" hills. Theroad is very good, some hills in spots. There are a couple of short grades, but NO major switchbacks. From Jackson to the South Gate is mostly valley bottom terrain. The road from the S.G to Grant (22 miles) is a steady pull of 2-6 % for short periods. No Switch backs. Once you reach Lewis Lake area, terrain levels off. From Grant to Fishing Bridge, you R skirting Yellowstone Lake. following the shore. This is the route we take our 45 ft S.O.B motorhome on while towing a 3/4T Chevy X-tend Cab 4X4. Total length of the rig with towed is 68 ft. NO PROBLEM Just remember, when encountering hills, use commom sense. Gear down when needed, don't ride you brakes. If you have a GM truck with the Allsion tranny, use tow/haul mode. Helps slow you.
When exiting Yellowstone consider, Fishing B to Canyon Vill, west 2 Norris, North to Mammoth. One steeper grade 1 1/2 miles long. Norris to Swan Lake Flat farely flat. Swan Lake Flat to Mammoth 7 miles down, dropping 1,300ft
Mammoth to Gardiner, 5 miles dropping 920 ft. Gardiner to Livingston 55 miles, following Yellowstone River. Then I-90 east to Billings interstate grades, mostly rolling. I-90 Billilngs to Sheridan Wyoming and beyond, rolling-to-flat. Hope this helps. email me directly and I try further
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